Here are a few suggestions when choosing an Urn.
1. CONSIDER THE FINAL RESTING PLACE
Families may want to think about the final resting place of a loved one's cremation urn before looking at urn styles. Will you scatter the ashes, bury the urn, or place it at home / in a niche?
If you plan to have a permanent memorial in a cemetery -- in other words -- bury the urn, then you have a wide selection of cremation urns. Almost any urn can be placed in an urn vault and then buried. You may wish to check out cultured marble urns as they are especially popular for ground burial.
2. NARROW DOWN THE CHOICES BY URN STYLE OR MATERIAL
Urns are made of materials from brass to wood to marble. Most people choose the a cremation urn based on a “look” they like -- the traditional look of a brass urn, the warmth of a wood box, or the stately look of genuine marble.
If you are looking for a unique or artistic statement piece, check out our glass, ceramic, or raku urns. Choose marble or cultured marble if permanence is most important to you. Cultured marble is ideal for burial as it can be permanently marked with the person's info via engraving, and these urns often can be buried without the added expense of an urn vault. (Be sure to check with your cemetery first though).
Within the last twenty years, the selection of urns has expanded so that you have a wide range of styles from multicolored glass urns to aluminum urns dipped in popular camo patterns.
Traveling on a plane? Choose an urn of material that can be x-rayed (wood, paper, cultured marble).
4. 4. MAKE IT PERSONAL
Small details that remind you of your loved one can bring comfort. Many urns can be personalized with engraving of a name and even artwork.
Personalization can be done in one of two ways: direct engraving on the urn or engraving of an urn pendant or plate. With direct engraving, the urn is placed in an engraving machine, and the words and symbols are cut directly in the material of the urn. With an urn pendant, the engraving is done on a pendant that is draped around the neck of the urn from a ribbon. Brass plates are ideal for square or rectangular urns and are affixed to the urn after being engraved.
There are other ways to express individuality. You might choose an urn in his or her favorite color. You may choose an urn that can include a photo. Finally, the urn itself may have a theme such as lighthouses, motorcycles, or flowers.
Below are some samples of Urns and other Keepsakes available.